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Book Review—Russia: From Revolution to Counterrevolution

Brad Forrest

Russia: From Revolution to Counterrevolution By Ted Grant It has now been more than twenty years of unfettered capitalism around the globe since the downfall of Stalinism in Russia and Eastern Europe. The working class of the world has put up with unprecedented exploitation and oppression at the hand of global capital and we now […]

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Cambodia: The Working Class Flexes its Muscles

Brad Forrest

The class struggle is heating up in Cambodia. Currently the country is a constitutional monarchy under the king Norodom Sihamoni. A 1997 coup placed effective power in the hands of the president and strongman Hun Sen and his Cambodian Peoples Party. It is commonly acknowledged that Sen and his cronies rule with excessive amounts of force and violence. […]

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Income Inequality: An Organic Part of Capitalism

Brad Forrest

On Wednesday, December 4th, President Obama made a speech to the American people castigating the growth of social inequality. Obama called the fight against inequality the “defining challenge of our time.” Brave and heroic words. Even Pope Francis has railed against the dehumanization of the current economic system. In his first “exhortation” the pope said […]

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Lenin’s Revolutionary Theory

Brad Forrest

Now that the Soviet Union has fully succumbed to a capitalist restoration of the economy, it’s becoming clearer with each passing day that the “market,” that is the dictatorship of the banks and big business, has ushered in a nightmare for the Russian people, with living standards plummeting while unemployment and poverty rise. Working people […]

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Movie Review: Dirty Wars

Brad Forrest

Jeremy Scahill, reporter for such outlets as The Nation and Democracy Now, has come out with the most hard hitting documentary of recent years entitled, “Dirty Wars.” He takes us around the globe from Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia documenting the crimes of U.S imperialistic foreign policy in tragic detail. The documentary starts off in Gardez, […]

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Wage Slavery in the American Auto Industry: Obama’s Shame

Wage Slavery in the American Auto Industry: Obama’s Shame
Brad Forrest

In an ideal world, we’d like all our plants to run around the clock, 365 days a year Ford’s VP of North American manufacturing The American auto industry is back in business in a big way. The carmakers are making enormous profits, direct from the blood, sweat and tears of autoworkers. The Wall Street Journal […]

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A Man on a Limb: A Short Analysis of the Current Economic Crisis

A Man on a Limb: A Short Analysis of the Current Economic Crisis
Brad Forrest

The current crisis of the global capitalist system is shaping up to be one of the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. U.S. Gross Domestic Product grew by an anemic 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and only 0.4 the previous quarter. U.S. capitalists and their political representatives in the Democratic and Republican […]

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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: An Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times

Brad Forrest

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to the institution of slavery where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 ______________________________   Lincoln, the latest production from Steven Spielberg, was released on Friday, November 16. The […]

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A Short Note on Dialectical Materialism

Brad Forrest

In order to move forward from capitalist society the working class needs an ironclad philosophy, one that can be of use in the storm and stress of revolution. Making sense of a turbulent world requires a method of thinking that is flexible, fluid and takes evolutionary transformation into account. This world outlook of Marxism is […]

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The ABC’s of Marxist Economics

Brad Forrest

Marxist economic theory is an excellent resource for understanding how socioeconomic systems evolve. At the root of every society are the productive forces (industry, agriculture, science, and technology), and the production relationships that people occupy in the system (owners, workers, lawyers, farmers, etc).

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Out of the Slump: The Only Road

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest                                       A real analysis of the United State’s economic history is rarely discussed by politicians or media alike, since the conclusions that would be inevitably drawn would be out of step with what politicians are […]

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The Teamsters Go To War

Brad Forrest

The Teamster’s stated goal is to protect the American Dream for middle class workers. However, years of supporting the Democrats have shown precisely the worthlesness of these professional politicians: organized labor is now just 12 percent of the American workforce.

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Republicans Poised for Success

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest The Democratic Party majorities in Congress may be a thing of the past, if campaign spending has anything to do with it. It’s the age of austerity! This is the battle cry of the ruling class as a response to the greatest slump since the Great Depression. “Bond markets” demand that the public […]

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The Disaster in Pakistan: Legacy of Colonialism

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest The humanitarian disaster that is engulfing Pakistan due to the monstrous monsoon rains is partly due to the nature of the unavoidable natural disaster, the worst rains in a generation, but it is partly also due to the baneful effects of colonial slavery in the economically backward region. The torrent of rain has […]

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The Significance of the Socialist Revolution

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest The significance of the socialist revolution consists in this; that the workday for the average person will gradually shrink, and they will thus be free in the real sense of the word to turn their attention to all of the various activities that round out the human as a species. They would become […]

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President Barack Obama: The Balance Sheet

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest The George W. Bush years seem like a distant and very unhappy memory these days. But it should be remembered that it was the disastrous policies of the Republican Party and the same open and unabashed representatives of big business that figured prominently in bringing about the victory of Barack Obama. The ascendancy […]

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Nepal Maoists Force Prime Minister to Resign

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest Nepal is headed once again for more civil strife after what seemed to be an end to a decade-long insurgency of that country’s Maoist fighters. The latest political crisis for the Maoists is that they demanded that Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resign, which he did on June 30, and that a new […]

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Book Review: Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

Brad Forrest

Book Review: Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy By Adam Roose Reviewed Brad Forrest The World is divided, it must be redivided. Leon Trotsky A book about the economic history of the Nazi regime is essential for three reasons. First, the class nature of fascism is clearly revealed: fascism is […]

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Iraq: A War of Aggression Continues

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest Operation Iraqi Freedom began on March 20, 2003. The exact nature of this war is the exact opposite of its name. The Iraqis will never know anything resembling freedom coming from the direction of the United States military. The real purpose of the Iraq war was criminal in nature, the theft of the […]

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The Laws of Capitalism Maul an American Icon

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest GM has been in business since 1908, 101 years, but has just buckled under the pressure of the current economic crisis. GM filed for Chapter 11 on June 1 with the help of the federal government. The government has already thrown $50 billion of our tax dollars at the ailing automaker, but that’s […]

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The Economic Realities of U.S. Capitalism Laid Bare, and Our Tasks in the Present Period

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest The two fundamental problems that have to be solved in our time are the problems of private property and the nation state.

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Ruling Class to Voters: No Change in Terror Policy

Brad Forrest

“President Obama was voted into office and legislative Democrats hold a commanding presence in the House and Senate, thanks to Americans who vainly hope they will straighten out the disastrous Bush era policies. But since his inauguration, Obama has tacked to the right on almost every issue you care to name.”

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Mad Max in Afghanistan

Brad Forrest

Brad Forrest The Obama administration is continuing the Bush-era policy of crushing Afghanistan in the drive to dominate the Middle East. Even the top American commander, General Stanley McChrystal, calls Afghanistan a “ . . . tremendously complex, Mad Max, utterly devastated society . . .” (The Economist, August 22-28, 2009) This is, of course, […]

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